Manage or enable features

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As new features are introduced, you can turn them on or off. That way, you can try them out, provide feedback, and work with those features that meet your requirements.

Some preview features provide access to entire new functionality. Others, such as the New Wiki experience, reflect a change to the user interface, but little or no change in functionality.

Note

It may take up to three weeks after a release to Azure DevOps Services for the preview feature to appear in your organization. The latest release notes usually provide information on new preview features. You can turn on or off select features for Azure DevOps Services. Preview features become available first on Azure DevOps Services and then become standard features with an update to Azure DevOps Server. At some point, the preview feature moves out of preview status and becomes a regular feature of the web portal.

There are a few features you or an administrator can enable or disable. Some features provide access to entire new functionality, while others provide a change to the user interface.

The follow table indicates which preview features can be enabled per user or team member, and those that can be enabled for the organization. You must be a member of the Project Collection Administrators group to change a preview feature at the organization-level.

Preview features Per user Per organization
Analytics Views ✔️ ✔️
Copy Dashboard Experience ✔️ ✔️
Dependency Tracker Preview Features (ignore this setting) ✔️ ✔️
Experimental themes ✔️ ✔️
Full Access to Azure Pipelines for Stakeholders ✔️
Limit user visibility and collaboration to specific projects ✔️
New account manager ✔️ ✔️
New Artifacts (Feeds) Experience (accessibility updates) ✔️ ✔️
New Boards Hubs ✔️ ✔️
New boards reports ✔️ ✔️
New release progress views ✔️ ✔️
New service connections experience ✔️ ✔️
New Settings Search in the organization settings panel ✔️ ✔️
New Teams page ✔️ ✔️
New Wiki experience ✔️ ✔️
Organization Permissions Settings Page v2 ✔️ ✔️
Project Permissions Settings page ✔️ ✔️
Task Insights for Failed Pipeline Runs ✔️ ✔️
YAML templates editor ✔️ ✔️

The following table indicates those features that you can enable as a user, project administrator, or project collection administrator. These preview features are only available to manage for Azure DevOps Server 2020 RTW.

Feature User Project Collection
New service connections experience ✔️ ✔️
Selective artifacts download feature for collection/project ✔️ ✔️

Enable features for your use

From time to time, a new feature is introduced in Preview mode, which allows you to turn it on or off.

To access the Preview features options, open your profile menu. The profile menu appears as shown below based on whether the New Account Manager feature has been enabled or not. The New Account Manager preview feature turns on enhanced user interface options for managing account information. The menu options move under the User settings icon from where they were previously under the Account manager for your account icon.

Choose User settings, and then choose Preview features.

Screenshot of Open User settings with New Account Manager enabled.

To enable or disable a feature, choose the slider.

Screenshot of Preview features options for yourself.

For information on other user settings and preferences, see Set user preferences.

Enable features at the organization level

When you enable a feature at the organization level, you essentially turn it on for all users of your account. Each user can then disable the feature if they so choose. If you disable a feature at the organization level, user settings are not changed. Users can enable or disable the feature on their own.

Tip

If you don't see the for this account menu option, then you aren't a member of the Project Collection Administrators group. To get added as one, see Change project collection-level permissions.

Screenshot of Preview features options for the organization, part 1.

Enable or disable a feature

  1. Open your profile menu by choosing your image icon and select Manage features.

    Screenshot of Open profile menu, Azure DevOps SErver 2020.

  2. Select the level from the menu provided.

    Tip

    If you don't see the for this project or for this collection menu options, then you aren't an administrator. To get added as one, see Change project collection-level permissions.

  3. To enable or disable a feature, choose the slider.

    User-level
    Screenshot of Manage features for the user.

    Project-level
    Screenshot of Manage features for the project.

    Collection-level
    Screenshot of Manage features for the collection.

When you enable a feature at the project or collection-level, you essentially turn it on for all users. If you disable a feature at the project or collection-level, user settings are not changed. Users can enable or disable the feature on their own.

Experimental themes

When you select Theme from the Profile menu you can select between Dark and Light themes for the display of Azure DevOps web portal.

Screenshot of Profile menu, Theme selected.

With Experimental themes enabled, you can select among a number of additional themes.

Screenshot of Choose your theme dialog.

Features now enabled for all Azure DevOps Services

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